Externship Program

What are Externships?

During the fourth year, students participate in a distinguishing component of the curriculum: a 10-week required extramural experience. The Externship Program exposes students to alternative clinical settings and different modes of treatment and instruction as well as to the needs of a variety of patient populations. Students can choose from more than 20 extramural sites that are affiliated with the School, extending from the East to the West Coast.

The externship plays a vital role in the curriculum by allowing the student to practice his or her clinical and interpersonal skills in a more independent setting, with supervision, support, and guidance available from the extramural faculty members who serve as preceptors.

What types of externship placements are available?

Extramural settings include military installations, Veterans Administration Hospitals, neighborhood health centers, and major medical centers located throughout the United States. Each site has at least one preceptor, who functions as teacher and clinician while supervising the student’s overall experience. During their externship, students strengthen their skills in clinical diagnosis, treatment planning, patient and practice management, and emergency care as well as provide a complete range of restorative dental services to patients.

Elective Externships

The elective externship program offers fourth-year pre-doctoral students an opportunity to pursue an intensive educational experience of one or two weeks in length. Upon approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs, students can use this time to visit post-doctoral programs of interest to them, or voluntarily participate in an international outreach program providing dental care for people in underdeveloped and impoverished regions of the world. Please refer to the following stories from these Elective International Missions.

Have questions or comments?
Contact Global & Population Health at:

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
72 East Concord Street
Robinson B 309
Boston, MA 02118
617-638-8523